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Top marks for Cam Woodfield junior school

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Cam Woodfield Junior School is celebrating a ‘good’ Ofsted judgment after inspectors were impressed with the inclusivity of the school.

The school was placed in Special Measures back in January 2017 and has embarked on a rapid improvement programme to turn the school around.

Headteacher, Louise Bennett who was seconded into the school in September 2017 and became the substantive Head in October of that year, stated that the inspection process was rigorous but very positive and the inspectors recognised the significant improvements since the last inspection. 

She said: “This is an amazing achievement and the inspectors were very complimentary of the school’s ethos and our wonderful children.

‘It’s an amazing achievement and acknowledgment to staff, governors, and CBAT trustees, who have worked tirelessly to ensure that CWJS (Cam Woodfield Junior School) is a great place to learn and grow. Parents and carers have shown great dedication and support to the school and our proudest achievement and biggest thanks go to the pupils who all work so hard every day, making CWJS a thriving and inspiring environment to learn.”  

The inspectors were impressed with the inclusivity of the school and said: “Leaders are passionate about the provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. Teachers adapt the curriculum to meet individual pupils’ needs well.

“Staff have consistently high expectations for pupils’ behaviour and have created an environment where pupils say they feel safe.”

As part of the school’s improvement journey, the school joined CBAT (Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust) a local MAT (Multi-Academy Trust) who sponsored the school in April 2018. Since then, CWJS has gone from strength to strength, benefitting from the support and challenge provided by the Trust whilst retaining its unique identity at the heart of its community. CWJS highly recommends CBAT to any school considering joining a Trust.

CBAT’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Stuart Wilson said: “Everyone at CBAT is extremely proud of the pupils, staff and governors of CWJS who have worked tirelessly since the last inspection to improve the school and make it the happy, vibrant and exciting place to learn that it is today. This inspection endorses our own belief that pupils at the school receive an excellent quality of education, in a safe and supportive environment and importantly, they really enjoy coming to school.”

Chair of Governors, Emma Irvine added: “The recent Ofsted judgment marks an exciting new chapter for the CWJS school family; I am so proud of the children, staff team, governors & Academy team who have made this dream a reality. It has been a total privilege to be part of the leadership team throughout the last 5 years, developing a school environment that cares deeply about every child and encourages everyone to be the best they can be.”

CWJS will be celebrating this achievement with the whole school community, at their very own ‘CAMTASTIC!’ festival.  This event will take place on the school field at the end of the summer term.

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